The Officine Fratelli Bambi
Within the Officine Fratelli Bambi, a traditional sheet processing department comes to life, where craftsmen manually cut, bend and weld steel, brass, and aluminium, including a carpentry to produce unique items in wood.
The Officine Fratelli Bambi makes possible the design and build of single or limited series of machines, drawing on the experience of specialised workers who have been trained in the La Marzocco Experimental Lab.
Tradition and craftsmanship, therefore, make up the solid foundation for innovative products, providing the Officine Fratelli Bambi to experiment with new materials and technologies.
THE OFFICINE, once upon a time
For everyone else it was “La Marzocco”, but for staff working there it was “the Officine”, or Officine Fratelli Bambi.
Built in 1960 based on a project by the architect Aladino Bini.
The land on which the building stands was purchased, together with a private home, for 22 million Italian lire, the currency at that time.
Construction costs soared from the initial 66 to 90 million lire.
Production was divided into two sections: the mechanical workshop (where espresso coffee machines and other La Marzocco products were manufactured), and the carpentry where “master carpenters” made, from sections of trunk to the finish, furnishings for cafes and restaurants.
The principal materials for construction were concrete, glass, red klinker brick, and iron.
The colors chosen for the walls were green, yellow, and blue for curtains.
The doors, in wood and frosted glass, featured the lion frieze and the initials B (Bambi) and M (Marzocco).
All furnishings of the factory itself were made internally.
THE OFFICINE FRATELLI BAMBI
The Officine Fratelli Bambi is a highly specialized laboratory where aesthetic mock-ups for the production of La Marzocco machines, from design to the finished product, are made.
The Officine Fratelli Bambi also designs custom machines (upon specific customer request) and customization kits that can be installed by the customer themselves on standard machines.
The processes are manual and consist of cutting, bending, deformation and welding of the sheet metal, with materials that are part of the La Marzocco tradition, such as steel, brass and copper, which are integrated with innovative materials.
The use of 3D printers for metal allows the development of unique shapes as well as shapes that cannot be made manually.
The Officine Fratelli Bambi consists of three areas. One is dedicated to mechanical processing and machining for chip removal (turning, sawing).
A second is dedicated to manual welding and finally, as in the past, a third area is dedicated to woodworking.